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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Apr 19, 2013 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Raven Space

"1982 is a very solid year. Perhaps the last year where their sound really blended. This was prior to the Mydland calliope tinkle fest, he was mostly using a mellow piano setting, the Garcia chili dog period wasn't yet upon us and Weir hadn't switched to those horrid modulus guitars with the whammy bars."

Agreed. I think '82 was the last really solid year for the reasons you mention, and with most shows after '82 I just find it hard to get past Jerry's declining vocals. I know there's a lot of great playing in later years too, but the sound of the band and Jerry's vocals detract from the enjoyment too much for me.

Excellent show and MTX.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 19, 2013 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Raven Space

I like 83 alot, but it's starting to happen, 84 and 85 can be tough listens sometimes...89 to March 90 or so is the last period where Garcia's playing is top notch, so much so it can overcompensate for the vocal strain...